New York now has more than 400 cases of the virus.
As of Friday afternoon, New York State had 421 confirmed coronavirus cases, with the number of cases in Westchester County and New York City nearly equal, Gov Andrew M. Cuomo said.
There are 158 cases of the virus in Westchester County, home to one of the largest clusters of the virus in the country, and 154 in New York City, officials said. The number of cases in the city has tripled since Wednesday.
Statewide, 50 people found to have the virus were hospitalized, Mr. Cuomo said. Thirteen of those people were in intensive care units.
“My guess is there are thousands and thousands of cases walking around the state of New York,” Mr. Cuomo said, underscoring that the official count, even as it steadily rises, is not representative of total spread of the virus in the state.
The numbers came as New Yorkers prepared for a dramatic shift in their daily lives on Friday night, when restrictions that limit public gatherings go into effect in an extraordinary step to fight the growing outbreak of the coronavirus.
On Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York placed an indefinite ban on most gatherings of more than 500 people and commanded smaller spaces, like restaurants and bars, to slash their occupancy by half.
The restrictions took immediate effect in Broadway theaters on Thursday but will spread to a broader set of venues at 5 p.m., striking a blow to New York City’s typically bustling hospitality industry as it heads into the weekend.
Mr. Cuomo’s decision to limit gatherings of more than 500 people was an especially heavy blow to the live theater business, a crown jewel of New York City’s tourist trade. Last season, the industry drew 14.8 million patrons and grossed $1.8 billion.
New York Times